Scream Management’s artist Millie Gibson stars in BBC Radio 4 Drama – Stone, written by Danny Brocklehurst. She stars as ALICE STONE. Episodes air each week on BBC Radio 4 at 2.15pm, and are available at www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09m370r
Film stardom for Ella Grace
Scream’s Young Performer Ella Grace is set for big things having starred in new film, ‘Sometimes, Always, Never’ alongside Bill Nighy. Ella Grace’s previous roles include Coronation Street in 2013 and TV mini drama ‘The Five’ in 2016. ‘Sometimes, Always, Never’ was released last month and Ella Grace is delighted to have worked with some fantastic leading names on set. Ella Grace said ‘It’s been such a wonderful experience working on the film and really exciting to learn from all the actors’
Behind the Scenes: Supporting Artists Carol and Tony
Name: Carol and Tony Shaw Age: Carol 76 Tony 81 Occupation: Tony: retired. Carol: Market Researcher and Exam Invigilator Location: North West When did you first become an Extra? We started 15 years ago on the BBC programme ‘Blackpool’ and never looked back! What’s your favourite part about being an Extra? It’s an opportunity to get out the house and spend time together. Plus we get to see all the stars and meet new people What are your top 3 tips for people looking to be an extra?
Smile and enjoy yourself
What does a typical day as an Extra look like? We recently worked on Coronation Street filming at Central Pier in Blackpool- a local one which was good for us. That one was a late start, around 9am although usually it’s a lot earlier. There’s a lot of waiting around on the Extra’s bus too! What has been your favourite Extra gig? We loved working on the Aldi Summer Advert as they really looked after us and we enjoyed working with the Brownie Brothers on it too! Our favourite ones are always the adverts
Scream Teen stars in new CBBC Show
We were delighted to attend the screening at Bafta London this weekend for new CBBC drama 'Almost Never' starring our very own Tillie. The comedy drama charting the rise to fame of a teenage band also stars Tess Daly, Emily Atack, Fleur East and Kimberley Wyatt. Tillie plays the role of Chloe, a vlogger who befriends The Wonderland band and helps them to build their social media profile. The role follows Tillie’s success playing Tina Trotts alongside Sheridan Smith in David Walliams’ 2017 Christmas blockbuster, ‘Ratburger’.
Behind the Scenes: Supporting Artist Jonathon Carley
Name: Jonathan Carley Age: 27 Occupation: Freelance Video Producer Location: North West When did you first become an Extra?
Summer 2015 What’s your favourite part about being an Extra?
It’s an insight into all the behind the scenes although it really does shatter some
illusions. It’s a revelation to see and be involved in it all. I enjoy seeing the
technical aspects, and if the opportunity arises, I get to have a little chat with
the crew What are your top 3 tips for people looking to be an extra?
Watch and Listen
On time and reliable
Embrace and enjoy it
What does a typical day as an Extra look like? Showing up in middle of nowhere at the crack of dawn (so having your own transport is
important.) It’s a melting pot of people you’ve never met before but sometimes you do
spot a familiar face. It’s great to talk to the other Extras and share stories. Work on
the day can be 50:50 waiting around vs on set work. The catering tends to be good and we do get a little treat sometimes- we had steak and
chips last week on The Bay.
What has been your favourite Extra gig? War of the Worlds for sure! I played a Villager so there was lots of running and screaming
which was brilliant. It was a chance to let yourself go as nothing was too over the top
Soap success for BethanBethan from our kids Division can currently be seen as new regular Izzie Torres, in popular BBC daytime drama ‘Doctors.’ Airing daily at 1.45pm on BBC iPlayer.
A win for WillAnother day of exciting news for our young actor William, whose career is reaching new heights after just wrapping on filming BBC daytime drama ‘Pitching Inn’, where he stars as Dylan McBride, working alongside Larry Lamb, Hayley Mills and Melanie Walters- due to air in 2019. William’s other credits include the lead in CBBC’s ‘Creeped Out’, as well as ongoing voiceover work as ‘Swift’ for Nickelodeon animation ‘Top Wing’, and not forgetting his role as ‘Guy’ in BBC Radio 4 drama ‘The Heart of a Woman’ alongside Hollywood star, Idris Elba.
Scream shouts NTA hat-trick successWe need your votes at the ready as we’ve scored no less than three young client nominations in the upcoming National Television Awards. Our NTA nominees include Hollyoaks stars Aedan Duckworth (Best Newcomer as Ollie Morgan) and Malique Thompson-Dwyer (Best Serial Drama Performance as Prince McQueen) as well as Doctors actor Daniel Kerr (Best Newcomer as James Coulter) and we need your help to make them winners! Voting closes on Thursday 25th October, and you can cast your vote by visiting www.nationaltvawards.com/vote Also, a shout out for one of our alumni as another NTA nominee and former Dr Who Assistant, Jenna Coleman who began her career with us here at Scream is also nominated for Best Drama Performance in BBC’s ‘The Cry’. Director Tracey Bell said ‘We are delighted to be representing such a fantastic array of talent and we couldn’t be prouder of our nominees and alumni. Our mission over the past 20 years is to find and promote young talent, particularly in the North West which we felt was being overlooked so it’s great to see some recognition for these wonderful performers’ Remember, votes for the NTA’s close THIS Thursday 25th October so please get your votes in ASAP by visiting www.nationaltvawards.com/vote The National Television Awards will be held on 22nd January 2019 at the O2 arena in London.
Preparing Young Talent for Grittier Roles
The range of roles available to child actors and young people has developed significantly since the days of Shirley Temple innocently charming audiences with her curls and tap dancing her way to stardom. These days, young actors are often called upon to deliver content that’s written for broadcast after the watershed, including the gritty realism of socially-aware soap storylines, or parts in films that they are too young to see in the cinema.
With so many roles calling upon young actors to portray adult themes, how can theatre schools, talent agencies and parents prepare them to ensure that they not only give a great performance but also survive the part emotionally unscathed?
It’s an issue that Scream Talent Management has experienced many times with several of our artists securing professional film, TV and theatre roles over the years. Indeed, the alarming Coronation Street grooming storyline featuring Lucy Fallon as Bethany Platt is amongst the most recently broadcast challenging roles for our alumni.
The storyline has involved some very dark and disturbing scenes and Lucy worked closely with Greater Manchester Police and the NSPCC for research, meeting young people who’d lived through some of the experiences she was about to portray on screen.
This kind of engagement with professionals is vital for young actors as they prepare for roles, because it not only enables them to tap into the range of emotions their character will display but also gives them the opportunity to ask questions and get their heads round the darker elements of the issues they will have to explore.
It’s important to remember that the pressure on young actors when working with adult themes is not only about the emotional vulnerability they will experience before, during and after their performances. Young actors will also feel a sense of responsibility towards those who have lived through similar things in real life, which adds to the pressure, particularly for soap storylines that have been so instrumental in raising awareness and encouraging people who’ve previously suffered in silence to seek help or speak out.
Another of our young actors, Aedan Duckworth, has also been involved in a disturbing grooming story recently, this time in Hollyoaks, where his character, Ollie Morgan, is groomed by his football coach. Once again, he has prepared for his role with support from experts, this time from Survivors Manchester, an organisation that helps men and boys affected by sexual abuse.
Such expert input is vital for this kind of role but support from the young actor’s trusted network or family, teachers and peers is also vital. They need to be able to talk about the pressures of the role throughout the preparation and performance period and both teachers and parents must be ready to answer questions and discuss any disturbing themes.
It’s also quite valid for parents to expect access to scripts so that they can do their own research where necessary and be as prepared as possible to support their son or daughter.
As a Talent agency, we are able to use our young actors’ roles as a learning exercise for other young actors, preparing them by helping them connect with deeper darker emotions while still protecting their overall wellbeing.
Emotionally charged, difficult scenes are an integral part of a career in acting and the life experience on which those scenes are based can affect people at any age. For young actors, it’s all about achieving a balance between exposure to potentially upsetting content and preparing them for the adult world and their future careers.
Scream Management’s BETHAN MOORE has been confirmed as new regular ‘Izzie Tores’ on DOCTORS (BBC).